Dialog is an important and often overlooked managerial tool. While little of the traditional organization science literature as yet delves into dialog, the same cannot be said for the more philosophical literature found in the humanities. This article intends to conduct a preliminary exploration of the constituents of dialog, described as the dialectics of content and process, each of which is constituted by two other, dialectically related elements, direction and space or silence and proximity. De Weerdt uses the notion of dialog to mean a way of interacting that facilitates the construction of meaning. Such construction is a managerial tool that is presently attracting more attention in practice and from academics.
Sven De Weerdt
Sven De Weerdt obtained a Masters in psychology and graduated from the postgraduate program "Complementary Studies in Business Economics" from the Catholic University of Louvain in 1996. He is a Ph.D. research assistant at the Faculty of Applied Economics, Limburg University Center, where he teaches organizational psychology and methodology. His research focuses on significant learning in professional development contexts within the domain of organizational psychology. The theoretical framework guiding his study is based on the literature of organizational learning, situated learning, and the constructionist perspective on learning.